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Wisconsin State Park System Winter camping

If you have the right equipment and warm clothes, winter is a great time for camping. There are no crowds and no bugs and there's plenty to do; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, animal tracking, bird watching and ice fishing.

The table below lists campsites that are open during the winter. "Water" means a faucet or pump in or near the campground. None of the sites have water hookups. Information in the "Reservations" column applies to winter camping only; most campgrounds do accept reservations for spring through fall camping.

Park or forest Sites Electrical Hookups Water Reservations
Big Bay State Park 5 plowed (sites  26-30). No Available through hand pumps in the campground. No
Black River State Forest 3-5 plowed, 40 walk-in 5 at Castle Mound Yes Group camp only
Blue Mound State Park 25 walk-in Yes Yes (next to dumpsters at the campground entrance) No
Brule River State Forest 35 (not plowed) No Yes No
Brunet Island State Park 5 sites plowed, walk-in Yes (2 sites) Yes (at hand pumps by campground) No
Buckhorn State Park 2 walk-in, 1 plowed Yes (1 site) Yes (at park office) No
Devil's Lake State Park 9 group camp sites none, currently Yes Not, currently
Copper Falls State Park 4 plowed No Yes (available at the maintenance area) Yes, year round.
Glacial Drumlin State Trail (Sandhill Station) 16 walk-in No Yes No
Governor Dodge State Park 35 sites
8 plowed
6 walk-in
Yes (12 electric, 4 plowed) Yes (at park office) No
Governor Thompson State Park 3 remote, walk-in sites No Yes (at Woods Lake picnic area) No
High Cliff State Park 8 unplowed No Yes (at park office) No
Interstate State Park 40 walk-in (2-plowed) No Yes (hand pump at Group Camp, mechanical pump 0.5-mile past visitor center at stone building)
No
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit

79 winter sites at the Mauthe Lake campground (7 plowed), plus 5 backpack shelters

Yes (51 sites; 7 plowed) Yes (There is a wellhead spigot outside the Mauthe Lake contact station and 4 other water sites along the Ice Age Trail for the shelters.) No
(backpack shelters-Yes)
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit 99 at Ottawa Lake, 7 of them plowed, plus 2 walk-in sites and 3 backpack shelters Yes (5 plowed) Hand pump and outside contact station No
(backpack shelters-Yes)
Kohler-Andrae State Park 10 plowed, 18 unplowed Yes Hand pump in campground and water tap at the dump station No
Lake Wissota State Park 116 walk-in (campground not plowed, call ahead for conditions) Yes (59 sites) Yes (at office and shop) No
Mirror Lake State Park 13 Yes (4 plowed) Yes (at office; requires hose) No
Newport State Park 16 backpack
1 group backpack
No Yes (at office) No
Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest 6 sites plowed at Clear Lake No Yes (fawcet in front of Clear Lake Ranger Station; hose required) No
Pattison State Park 62 sites, two of them plowed (33 & 34)
3 backpack
Yes (18 including one plowed site - 33) Yes (at office) No
Peninsula State Park 10 plowed sites Yes Yes (spigot near site 445)
No
Point Beach State Forest 5 plowed Yes Yes (at office) No
Potawatomi State Park 29 sites, 4 plowed Yes Yes (at campground shelter, hose required) No
Richard Bong State Recreation Area 30 family sites, drive-in (not plowed), easy walk-in. One group site plowed Yes (1 family campsite) Yes (near site 6 and at entrance station) No
Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area Sites 1-60 (island campsites), walk-in; no snowmobiles allowed on islands No No No
Wildcat Mountain State Park 4 plowed, 30 walk-in No Yes (frost free faucet at maintenance shop) No
Willow River State Park 30 unplowed Yes (9 sites) Yes (at office or service building, hose required) No
Wyalusing State Park 32 sites (28 unplowed, 4 plowed)
Yes (9 sites) Yes (at winter water hydrant behind the shower building) No
Last revised: Friday October 17 2014